There are many things which Los Angeles, California may be known for, such as Hollywood, it’s beaches and the affluent areas surrounding Beverly Hills. However, there may be the potential abundance of many other undiscovered cultural and educational opportunities to be discovered in this Oceanside city. One festival which aims to educate and expose its visitors to new cultures may be the Los Angeles Taco Festival, which aims to take place on the 20th of August of this year in Los Angeles’ Grand Park for the 6th time since 2009!
Currently, in Los Angeles, the population sits at almost an exact 50% split between the Hispanic population and other ethnicities, suggesting and reinforcing the diversity and opportunity for cultural blending which the Taco Festival aims to encourage. This year aims to offer a selection of approximately twenty-one vendors, including some of Los Angeles potentially best known Taco providers, such as Kogi, Mexicali Taco and Danny’s Tacos. The festival, however, was originally founded by people with ambitions which may have extended beyond a love of Mexican food – originally, it was created in 2009 by an organisation called Jovenes, which aims to provide homes for young people. In addition to the Tacos, the festival also aims to provide musical entertainment for its guests, although the performers have yet to be announced.
There are many conventional tourist opportunities in Los Angeles too, which aim to allow travellers to see and experience some of the most iconic and potentially glamorous sights of the city, such as Rodeo Drive, the Hollywood sign, the Hollywood Boulevard and Beverly Hills. Los Angeles may also be well known for its selection of sandy beaches, which may include points of interest such as Venice Beach, Muscle beach and Manhattan Beach, where guests may visit a number of attractions such as the pier upon which amusements and restaurants may be enjoyed.
If visitors seek attractions more geared towards education and history, Los Angeles may also have a selection of museums and institutes, which may appeal to travellers’ academic side. One such institute may be the Griffith Observatory, which features potential attractions such as live shows, exhibits, telescopes and views spanning the Los Angeles city skyline in addition to a closer view of the Hollywood Sign. For avid hikers, there may also be a large selection of trails upon which they may hike for fun, for exercise or indeed for sightseeing. There may be well known and more signposted trails such as the Hollywood hike, which ends at the aforementioned famous sign and overlooks a large portion of the city and the sea. Furthermore, there may be the opportunity for hikers to choose more scenic and natural hikes such as the Sturtevant Falls hike, which may an easier hike aiming to take hikers through the San Gabriel Mountains and end by the eponymous falls.
With the arrival of the Los Angeles Taco Festival, now may be a productive time for travellers to experience the Californian summer in Los Angeles whilst filling up on some potentially neo-classical Mexican food. Regardless of any traveller’s preference, it seems as though Los Angeles may be a city which aims to provide for the masses by offering a variety of activities, events and sights which many visitors may enjoy. Whether vacationers love the life of glitz and glamour or getting down and dirty on an adventurous hike, this Oceanside city may be what travellers are looking for!
In which ways might cities respectfully embrace a culture from another country in order to diversify their opportunities?